Lacazette, done and dusted. We’ve seen the photos of him in the red and white shirt so there you go. Very briefly on the subject of kits, it seems we’re wearing this vile monstrosity in both Australian tour matches:
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Back to normal programming. Arsène enthused over the player, in a way which the Deportivo-bound Lucas Perez can only be jealous of:
“[Alexandre] has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher. As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character.
“He is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”
That’ll be nice, us challenging at the top level; pleasant change, etc. The showreels on YouTube and wherever gave a taste of an all-round striker, an Ian Wright more than an Henry.
Whereas the latter always had a measured finish – or seemed to – the former’s goals were more instinctive. Lacazette is more of the latter, it struck me, and one who is going to roundly appreciated not only by the terraces but the stands as well.
Talking of terraces, bravo to West Brom for sticking their head above the parapet and being willing to be a member of the Premier League pilot of the idea. Would that Arsenal were so enlightened.
Back to Lacazette. He hasn’t seen much of us recently which is quite useful as the stereotype of Arsenal holds firm in his mind,
“Arsenal is also the club which plays the best football in England, so I really wanted to come here.”
But anyone who believes, “Arsenal is a legendary club”, is fine in my book. Expectations are high and I’m sure Lacazette is unfazed by it all. As long as that is still the case when the competitive games start in August, we’ll be laughing.
Bienvenue à l’Arsenal.
Sum Guys Have All The Luck
Before I start on this, I’ll make a party political statement on behalf of me. The money earned by footballers is obscene. The money talked about in the next 4-500 words is disgusting. When you think of these sums of money and what good they could do in society, it is the most damning condemnation of capitalism, because football is not unique as a branch of the entertainment industry in this respect.
Thankfully, the arrival of Lacazette overshadowed claims that Alexis has demanded £400k per week. At the moment, according to the Venerable Cross, that’s £125k more than Arsenal are offering. Flying under the radar are reports that Mesut Özil wants £350k per week; I put that in for some context.
Is Alexis worth it? I’d argue yes, plenty will say no. The question is whether we can sell and upgrade. At the moment, our reduced circumstances of Europa League football is not hurting. It can be presented as a blip so while the elite players wouldn’t look at us anyway, we can aim for the bright young things and those who aren’t quite at the Real, Bayern or Barca level. Perhaps even a reject of theirs; we’ve got two now so why not another.
Ability is subjective, no matter what the stats say, and in an inflated transfer market, fees are no guarantee of quality. They never are but even less so now. If it comes down to the maths, then the situation is no clearer.
Alexis’ £400k per week equates to paying a £120m fee with a £300k per week salary, on an annualised basis, so can we buy a better player for £120m? Would they take that salary? Who are they? And more to the point, do they want to come to Arsenal?
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When you get to that kind of fee, resale value – such a vile aspect, as all finance in football is – will come into play. You would need to sign an Mbappe to hope to profit. If you took someone like Bale, the prospect of any resale value diminishes and I’m not sure Arsenal is a club ready to run down a contract on this kind of player. It flies in the face of the financial conservativism which constrains the club at times. Most of the time…?
Is Alexis worth £400k per week. Would Thomas Lemar be an upgrade? Stats for last season suggest otherwise; 14 goals and 14 assists in all competitions versus 31 and 13 for Alexis. Draw your own conclusions; stats say that’s not an upgrade.
It depends of course, on the role you have for the player. If you consider Lacazette as part of the rescue plan, then Lemar’s 13 assists v Alexis’ 14 is comparable. If you consider Lacazette as part of the rescue plan, we haven’t strengthened the squad, just filled a soon-to-appear hole.
What tangled webs we weave. Still, the Transfer Window Action Team proved big deals aren’t beyond them and there’s more to come.